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White House: Detroit’s health care dump highlights ‘the benefits’ of Obamacare

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Detroit’s reported plan to drop health care coverage for retirees and force them into Obamacare exchanges highlights “the benefits of the Affordable Care Act,” according to President Obama’s spokesman.

“One of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act is making sure that those Americans that don’t get health insurance through their employer are able go on the open market, though these [exchanges] and purchase insurance,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters. “That is something that didn’t exist before.” The New York Times reported on Detroit’s plan today. “Officials say the plan would be part of a broader effort to save Detroit tens of millions of dollars in health costs each year, a major element in a restructuring package that must be approved by a bankruptcy judge,” according to the report. “It is being watched closely by municipal leaders around the nation, many of whom complain of mounting, unsustainable prices for the health care promised to retired city workers,” the Times added. Earnest maintained, though, that he doesn’t know what the Obama team thinks of the proposal. “I have not heard a close analysis of this,” he said.

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